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May 12, 2015

Preparing your pet for travel this summer

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For some pet owners, it may be easier to leave your cat or dog at a "hotel" when you head on your summer vacation. 

However if you really consider your companion a member of the family, you may be inclined to bring him or her with you on the trip. 

Don't worry, traveling with a cat or dog doesn't have to be a hassle. The North Shore Animal League has several tips on how to get your feline or canine friend ready for the road:

• Visit your veterinarian about a week before you leave, especially if they have a preexisting condition, and get a clean bill of health before going.

• Bring your pet on a few drives before the long trek. This will get them accustomed to travel in general.

• Make sure their cage is big enough to be comfortable and well ventilated. But not too big: you don't want them flying around on bumpy roads.

• Don't let your dog stick his or her head out the window, no matter how romantic the cliche is to you. This can cause serious facial and eye injuries. 

• Provide plenty of water, keep their regular diet, and pack their favorite toys. Routine will help them adjust to the changing environments.

Check out the rest of the North Shore Animal League's tips here. Or, just let your dog drive instead.